The Great Divide (Penguin Travel Library)

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A record of the author's walk in 1986 from New Mexico to Canada, hiking often for thirteen hours at a time. He recalls what he discovered about the land, the extraordinary people he met and his encounters with the savage face of nature.

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Reflecting on his journey along the nation's spine, Pern remarks that the route showed him more of a continent than a country. He started his walk at Antelope Wells, N.Mex.; five-and-a-half months later, he crossed into Canada from Glacier National Park with more than 2500 miles behind him. Pern (The Beach of Morning) recounts his adventures in low-key fashion. There were few life-threatening episodes, though he did confront a grizzly bear, tumbled off a cliff and shivered through scary electrical storms. He reminds us that the Continental Divide is a geographic feature, not an established trail; hikers must choose their own routes through the rugged terrain. Pern is at his most entertaining when he describes his encounters with the quaint but friendly natives; this Englishman doesn't understand Americans although he likes them. His lighthearted approach to serious walking and his interest in the natural world will attract readers who enjoy the outdoorsactively or vicariously.
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An Englishman who might be called a "professional" hiker, Pern has a penchant for tramping the unusual and unworn path. This attracted him to the Continental Divide, which has no official trail, rather than to the Appalachian Trail. The 2500-mile journey began in early May at the Mexican border and was completed when he crossed into Canada in mid-October. Based on his diary, the book describes his state of mind, in what can best be termed an endurance test, as well as his physical surroundings. Geology lessons abound, as do trenchant and irreverent comments about America and Americans. Recommended for both the serious hiker and the armchair traveler. Sondra Brunhumer, Western Mich. Univ. Libs., Kalamazoo
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